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Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to 18

President Barack Obama on Monday bestowed America's highest civilian honor on trailblazers in the arts, sports and politics, along with a couple of entertainers who are among his personal favorites.

Pentagon chief Hagel stepping down under pressure

Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration's Middle East crisis management.

FDA strengthens warning on device linked to cancer

U.S. regulators on Monday strengthened their warning against use of a once-popular device for gynecologic surgery that can spread unsuspected cancer, saying its risk is only justified in a fraction of patients.

Salmonella in 10 states linked to raw sprouts

Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning -- again.

Veteran journalist, educator Michael Shanahan dies

Michael Shanahan, a veteran Washington political reporter for The Associated Press and Newhouse Newspapers who used that experience to teach new generations of students at George Washington University about the business he loved, died Saturday.

Academics vote to be forum on Israel boycotts

A key U.S. organization of Middle East scholars has voted to protect the rights of members who support a longstanding Palestinian call for academic boycotts of Israeli institutions but stopped short of taking a stand for or against such activities.

Democrats name 3 finalists to host 2016 convention

Democrats narrowed the list of contenders for their 2016 national convention to three cities on Monday, announcing the party's next presidential candidate will be formally nominated in New York City, Philadelphia or Columbus, Ohio.

Man with rifle, ammo at White House pleads guilty

An Iowa man arrested who had a hunting rifle, ammunition and a knife in his car near the White House has pleaded guilty.

Ex-Steelers player eyes Pennsylvania high court

A Pittsburgh judge who spent more than a decade playing cornerback for the Steelers said Monday he will be a candidate for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court next year.

Hagel: US on stronger course toward security

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration has put the Defense Department and the United States on a stronger course toward stability and security.

US looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.

Admiral denies role in counterfeiting casino chips

An admiral linked by Navy investigators to counterfeit casino chips has denied he played any role in making them.

GOP hopefuls avoid specifics in response to Obama

The rhetoric is barbed, but Republican presidential hopefuls generally fell in line behind the voices of restraint in the wake of President Barack Obama's order blocking deportation for millions of immigrants in the country unlawfully.

Veteran journalist, educator Michael Shanahan dies

Michael Shanahan, a veteran Washington political reporter for The Associated Press and Newhouse Newspapers who used that experience to teach new generations of students at George Washington University about the business he loved, died Saturday.

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.

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